Friday, December 18, 2009

Patt Morrison for Monday, 12/21/09


Monday, December 21, 2009

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30

Earthquakes...soon to be coming via Twitter? LA quake alarms get upgrade

5 seconds. That’s how much time a regional upgrade of earthquake alerts would buy seismologists and eventually the public to prepare for a coming tremor, hopefully allowing just enough time to shut off gas and water lines and to stop subway operations. Scientists at Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey met at the American Geophysical Union last week to lay out plans for an upgrade to Southern California’s seismic monitors. Patt checks in with one local researcher just back from the meeting to learn about plans for the new alerts system, which may soon warn people of coming earthquakes via texts to their cell phone. 



Egill Hauksson (Ale Hockson), Senior Research Associate in Geophysics, Geology and Planetary Sciences at Caltech; Mr. Hauksson attended last week’s meeting in San Francisco of the American Geophysical Union

Possibly IN STUDIO



1:30 - 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

Road to Freedom:  images of the civil rights movement

Some of the most amazing images in our country’s history document a 12 year span on the road to freedom, a seminal time in the civil rights movement.  From the Montgomery bus boycott, to the freedom rides in the Deep South and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these photographs, on exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, show us the power of those events first hand.  Featuring nearly 170 extraordinary images, visitors will see how these illustrations played a pivotal role in shaping public opinion, promoting solidarity, and raising awareness of injustice.  



PATT:  "Road to Freedom" is on view at the Skirball Cultural Center now through March 7.  On January 24th from 2 - 4pm at the Center, Terrence Roberts will be in conversation with Rev. James M. Lawson on the "Journey to Justice." 




Erin Clancey, associate curator for the Skirball Cultural Center


  • The exhibit originated at the High Museum in Atlanta and traveled subsequently to the Smithsonian and Chicago's Field Museum.
  • Erin has added new sections that are exclusive to the Skirball, covering the civil rights movement in Los Angeles and Jewish contributions to the movement.  
  • "Breach of Peace," a companion exhibition ,is on view through April 11, and   displays forty contemporary portraits by photographer Eric Etheridge of Freedom Riders, who in 1961, converged on Jackson, Mississippi to challenge state segregation laws.


Terrence Roberts, one of the original "Little Rock 9," who at the age of fifteen, desegregated Central High School in Little Rock under the protection of the United States Army. He later moved to Los Angeles, graduating from Los Angeles High and the California State University.



2:06 – 2:30

Gourmet’s shuttered, but Ruth Reichl is still dishing it up in the kitchen

For nearly 60 years, that flagship foodie magazine Gourmet elevated and educated American palates, but this past Thanksgiving was its swan song. Patt catches up with former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl on saying goodbye to the magazine, what she’s up to now and what she’s cooking up this holiday season.



Ruth Reichl (RYE-chul), former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine; she’s also the editor of "Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen” and author of “Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me along the Way”




2:30 – 2:58:30

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer found himself equally disgusted by right-wing evangelists as by “uber liberal New Atheists.” In “Patience with God,” he searches for a middle ground between the polarizing forces of religion—and anti-religion—in America. In this critical look at the goals and strategies of both fundamentalism and New Atheism, Schaeffer offers a kind of spirituality for what he refers to as, “the rest of us.”



Frank Schaeffer, author most recently of “Patience with God;” his other books include “Keeping Faith” and “Portofino



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